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Manufacturing relies on jigs and fixtures to maintain quality and production efficiency. These tools are used to align, assemble, clamp, hold, test and calibrate components and sub–assemblies at all stages of manufacturing. Normally they're machined or fabricated from metal, wood or plastic.

But smart manufacturers like Rutland Plastics in the UK are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods. 

Watch this video to see how they're using their 3D printer to produce 90 percent of their jigs and fixtures.

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